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    • A Morbid Taste For Bones

    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158

    In 1137 the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the remains of Saint Winifred for his Benedictine order. Brother Cadfael is part of the expedition sent to her final resting place in Wales, where they find the villagers passionately divided by the Benedictines' offer for the saint's relics. Canny, wise and all too worldly, Cadfael isn't surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder. The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow, and some say Winifred herself dealt the blow.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Morbid Taste For Bones

    • By Dee on 14-04-13

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Monk's-Hood

    • The Third Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    Gervase Bonel, with his wife and servants, is a guest of Shrewsbury Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul when he is suddenly taken ill. Luckily, the Abbey boasts the services of clever and kindly Brother Cadfael, a skilled herbalist. Cadfael hurries to the man's bedside, only to be confronted by two very different surprises. In Master Bonel's wife, the good monk recognises Richildis, whom he loved many years ago before he took his vows. And Master Bonel has been fatally poisoned by a dose of deadly monk's-hood oil from Cadfael's herbarium.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful book, wonderful narration

    • By AMG, London on 24-04-14

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Brother Cadfael's Penance

    • The Twentieth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    It is nearing the end of the Year of Our Lord 1145. A monk vows to abandon all earthly ties, but how can Brother Cadfael obey when his son is captured in battle? Olivier de Bretagne is one of many young knights taken prisoner in the current power dispute in Britain, but he is also Cadfael's son, and the monk cannot be objective. A council is planned at Coventry to try to appease the warring factions, and Brother Cadfael asks leave to attend, knowing he must do all in his power to find and deliver his son. This most thrilling and humane of Ellis Peters's novels is filled with excitement, intrigue, and a meticulously depicted medieval background.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not good

    • By S. Coakley-Evans on 05-06-11

    Regular price: £16.39

    • One Corpse Too Many

    • The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161

    In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden to the bloody battlefield. Not far from the safety of the Abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle falls, leaving its ninety-four defenders loyal to the empress to hang as traitors. With a heavy heart, Brother Cadfael agrees to bury the dead, only to make a grisly discovery: 95 bodies lie in a row, and the extra corpse tells Cadfael that the killer is both clever and ruthless. But one death among so many seems unimportant to all but the good Benedictine.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A lovely listen!

    • By anne on 07-09-15

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Raven in the Foregate

    • The Twelfth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Christmas, 1141 A.D. Abbot Radulfus returns from London, bringing with him a priest for the vacant living of Holy Cross (known as the Foregate), a man of presence, scholarship and discipline, but neither humility nor the common touch. When he is found drowned in the mill-pond, suspicion is cast in many directions, not least toward a young man who came in the priest's train, sent to work in Brother Cadfael's garden. For he has little obvious priestly calling. Indeed, he soon attracts the friendship of a girl both beautiful and formidable. To Brother Cadfael, once wordly, now dedicated, if gently cynical, is left the familiar task of sorting the complicated strands which define guilt and innocence.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Cadfael has become horribly English

    • By Demeter on 18-08-13

    Regular price: £16.39

    • A Brief History of the Celts

    • Brief Histories
    • By: Peter Berresford Ellis
    • Narrated by: Christopher Oxford
    • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    For centuries the Celts held sway in Europe. Even after their conquest by the Romans, their culture remained vigorous, ensuring that much of it endured to feed an endless fascination with Celtic history and myths, artwork and treasures. A foremost authority on the Celtic peoples and their culture, Peter Berresford Ellis presents an invigoration overview of their world. With his gift for making the scholarly accessible, he discusses the Celts' mysterious origins and early history and investigates their rich and complex society.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating.

    • By Goronwy-Wyn on 15-10-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Leper of Saint Giles

    • The Fifth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Joanna Ward
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    A savage murder interrupts a May-December marriage and leaves Brother Cadfael with a dark, terrible mystery to solve. For the key to the killing - and a secret - are hid among the lepers of Saint Giles. Now Brother Cadfael's skills must ferret out a sickness, not of the body, but of a twisted soul - in the fifth Brother Cadfael Chronicle, a work that displays Ellis Peters' special genius at her best.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, spoiled by narrator

    • By Bookaholic on 19-07-13

    Regular price: £16.39

    • The Devil's Novice

    • The Eighth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Outside the pale of the Abbey of Saint Peters and Saint Paul, in September of the year of our Lord 1140, a priestly emissary for King Stephen has been reported missing. But inside the pale, what troubles Brother Cadfael is a proud, secretive 19-year-old novice. Brother Cadfael has never seen two men more estranged than the Lord of Aspley and Meriet, the son he coldly delivers to the abbey to begin a religious vocation. Meriet, meek by day, is so racked by dreams at night that his howls earn him the nickname the Devil's Novice. Shunned and feared, Meriet is soon linked to the missing priest's dreadful fate. Only Brother Cadfael believes in Meriet's innocence, and only the good sleuth can uncover the truth before a boy's pure passion, not evil intent, leads a novice to the noose.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • The Devil's Novice

    • By ColinB on 08-11-11

    Regular price: £18.39

    • St. Peter's Fair

    • The Fourth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    It is Summer in the Year of Our Lord 1139 when the grand festive event, St. Peter's Fair, is held in the town of Shrewsbury. The event brings pause to the ongoing civil war, as tradesman from across England and beyond arrive in the town for some much needed gaiety. That is, until the body of a wealthy trader is found in the River Severn. Was Thomas of Bristol the victim of murderous thieves? And if so, why were his valuables abandoned nearby? Brother Cadfael offers to help the merchant's lovely niece Emma. But while he is searching for the killer, the man's wares are ransacked and two more men are murdered. Emma almost certainly knows more that she is telling, as others will soon realise. Cadfael desperately races to save the young girl, knowing that in a country at war with itself, betrayal can come from any direction, an even good intentions can kill. Performed by Tony Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi, this fourth chronicle of Brother Cadfael weaves history and intrigue into an intricate web of adventure.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • ok

    • By Jennifer Chennell on 02-02-18

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Heretic's Apprentice

    • The Sixteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    It is June in the Year of Our Lord 1143 when Elave, young clerk to William of Lythwood, returns from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with his elderly master's body. His mission is twofold, to bury William in his home abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, and to deliver a dowry to William's adopted daughter Fortunata. But Elave, suspected of harboring views inimical to church doctrine, is held for ecclesiastical trial. And when Aldwin, the Lythwood family clerk hired in Elave's absence, is stabbed to death, Elave is incarcerated not only for heresy, but for murder. Fortunata's dowry, an intricately carved box with mysterious contents, holds the key to the mysteries that spring up around Elave and the Lythwood family. Shrewd and patient, Brother Cadfael is at his best here. Performed by Tony Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi, this sixteenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael is sure to delight old friends and new fans.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Value

    • By David on 07-01-16

    Regular price: £16.39

    • Brother Cadfael Mysteries: Dead Man's Ransom (BBC Radio Crimes)

    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Philip Madoc, Michael KItchen, Susannah York
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Ellis Peters' thrilling mystery featuring medieval monk Brother Cadfael. It is 1141. In Shrewsbury, civil war is tearing the country apart as the bitter feud between King Stephen and Maud shows no sign of abating. Cadfael, safe within the peaceful walls of the Abbey, does not expect to be drawn on to the battlefield - but when a Welsh prisoner of war is brought to him for treatment of a sword-wound, he finds himself embroiled in the conflict.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Ruined by editing

    • By Sybil on 28-07-15

    Regular price: £12.00

    • The Potter's Field

    • The Seventeenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    It is the Summer and Autumn of the Year of Our Lord 1143 in which the gentle monk, Brother Cadfael, is forced to leave the tranquility of his herb garden to find the whole truth behind the murder of a young women whose body was unexpectedly discovered in a newly tilled field recently acquired by the Shrewsbury Abbey in a land exchange.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good listen but not the best oration or plot.

    • By N. Dyne on 20-05-18

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Virgin in the Ice

    • The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    The winter of 1139 will disrupt Brother Cadfael's tranquil life in Shrewsbury with the most disturbing events. Raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester. Among them are two orphans from a noble family, a boy of thirteen and an eighteen-year-old girl of great beauty, and their companion, a young Benedictine nun...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, problemswith the narration.

    • By Nigel on 13-05-13

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Cadfael: The Virgin in the Ice (BBC Radio Crimes)

    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Philip Madoc
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 40

    Shrewsbury, 1139. The bloody civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud has swept through the country towards the rural security of Brother Cadfael’s monastery. The citizens of Worcester have fled, among them two orphaned children of noble stock, together with their tutor, a young nun. A Benedictine monk in whose care Lady Ermina and her brother Ives were left, comes to the Abbey to ask if the children have been seen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Virgin in the Ice

    • By Amazon Customer on 21-01-14

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Radio Crimes

    • Cadfael: Monk's Hood [Dramatised]
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Philip Madoc
    • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    After the violence of civil war in the spring, Shrewsbury has enjoyed a quiet summer and a good harvest. But, as Cadfael reflects ruefully, such a peaceful state of affairs cannot be expected to last. He's right. The trouble begins when Gervase Bonel, rich lord of the manor, proposes to sign all his property over to the Abbey. A welcome gift, but when Bonel is found poisoned, foul play is suspected somewhere along the line.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • benedictine Morse.

    • By Michael A on 31-07-17

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Monk's Hood

    • The Third Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    It is December in the Year of our Lord 1138 when Gervase Bonel dies after eating sauce laced with poison served which had been served with a partridge. The active ingredient found in the sauce was monkshood, poison if ingested and otherwise known as Wolfsbane. Brother Cadfael made the oil. Who used it as poison? Cadfael assesses the motives of Bonel’s Welsh natural son and his stepson, and deals with Bonel’s widow, who at one time long ago was Cadfae's sweetheart. Drawing upon his knowledge of both herbs and the human heart, Cadfael ultimately uncovers a deadly recipe for murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • classic

    • By bran on 22-10-17

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Die schönsten Weihnachtskrimis

    • By: Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Wallace, and others
    • Narrated by: Oliver Kalkofe, Beate Himmelstoß, Peter Fricke, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Kuschelige Weihnachten? Von wegen! Mörder und Halunken machen keine Weihnachtsferien - und so haben auch Ermittler keine besinnlichen und erholsamen Feiertage. Sherlock Holmes spürt den Dieb eines Diamanten auf, der in einer Weihnachtsgans gefunden wurde, während Miss Marple vor dem prasselnden Kaminfeuer von einem Mord erzählt. Bei einem traditionellen Weihnachtsessen verschwindet ein Halsband.

    Regular price: £12.09

    • Un cadavre de trop

    • Les enquêtes de Cadfaël 2
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Pascale Jacquemont
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Eté 1138, la guerre civile fait rage en Angleterre entre le roi Etienne et l'impératrice Mathilde. Le roi Etienne fait pendre les membres de la garnison de Shrewsbury fidèle à Mathilde.

    Regular price: £19.59

    • Le capuchon du moine

    • Les enquêtes de Cadfaël 3
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Pascale Jacquemont
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    La racine du capuchon du moine est le nom d'un onguent merveilleux pour le traitement des rhumatismes. C'est aussi un poison très dangereux si on l'avale. Et il en faut très peu pour tuer son homme : Maître Bonnel vient d'en faire les frais. Peu après avoir légué ses terres à l'abbaye de Shrewsbury en échange d'une retraite chez les frères, on l'a retrouvé mort.

    Regular price: £19.59

    • Un cadavre de trop

    • Les enquêtes de Cadfaël 2
    • By: Ellis Peters
    • Narrated by: Pascale Jacquemont
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Eté 1138, la guerre civile fait rage en Angleterre entre le roi Etienne et l'impératrice Mathilde. Le roi Etienne fait pendre les membres de la garnison de Shrewsbury fidèle à Mathilde.

    Regular price: £19.59

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